Conor McGregor's next fight most likely to be rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor's next fight most likely to be rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov

In Nurmagomedov's apology for triggering the postfight melee, he said of McGregor, "He talked about my religion, he talked about my country, he talked about my father, he come to Brooklyn and he broke bus, he nearly killed a couple people".

For the Russian fighter, the disciplinary issue will take precedence before he can consider any next steps.

Nurmagomedov is dreading returning home because he anticipates a beatdown from his dad for his role in the melee which marred UFC 229.

All of that means a rematch seems a long, long way off, if it ever happens at all. "We had two [security] meetings tonight, one of them two fights before the main event".

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American officials in Dublin also refused entry to a number of criminals who had failed to disclose their convictions and other details on their Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta) applications for the US.

Khabib took McGregor down to the ground and unleashed a flurry of punches and ultimately made him tap out in the fourth round. Many believed that with a win he could be matched with either McGregor or Nurmagomedov.

The undefeated Russian has previously spoken of a "legacy" fight against Saint-Pierre - with the pair sharing a high degree of mutual respect. Nurmagomedov could face fines or suspensions for his role in the incident, White said.

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This is perhaps the most obvious next step for McGregor. Such a fight would be likely to generate huge revenues, despite the distaste generated by Saturday's events, and White said he had already heard from McGregor.

Diaz is set to make his return against number three-ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier in the main event at UFC 230 in NY in November, and should he emerge victorious, McGregor could be next in line.

The 30-year-old has completed just one fight in a recent six-fight deal with the UFC, and he has already expressed a desire to contest a rematch with Nurmagomedov. "The first time I saw him on screen he didn't look 100 percent in that fight".

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